Zero Patience Workshop on May 12 at 1:00 pm

Registration is open! May 10-13, 2022. Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022. Behind the text images of a workshop and a person speaking with images projected on the screen behind him.

The Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference
Moulding The Future:
Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now

May 10 – May 13, 2022
Via Zoom and Small World Music Centre (Toronto) 

This year, Gathering Divergence Multi-Arts Festival & Conference Spring 2022 | Moulding The Future: Rethinking Strategies for the Arts Sector Now will address emergent ways of rethinking the sector as we emerge out of the pandemic, focusing on the responsibility of the sector to strategize, implement supportive systems that benefit IBPOC artists / organizations and the Arts Sector at large.

We are excited to showcase these talented artists:

WORKSHOP II: ZERO PATIENCE: Addressing administrative worries and artistic barriers at the intersections of HIV/AIDS, Youth Work and Experimental Arts. 

Artists: Sean Morello, Julian Morello and Juan Saavedra
Date and time: Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 1:00 PM 

This presentation-workshop is told from the perspective of three artists: Sean Morello, Julian Morello and Juan Saavedra, all three racialized minorities, and all living with chronic and invisible disabilities.  In this session, a case study in developing a hybrid arts project will be explored, presenting the opportunities to mobilize and monetize creative work through a portfolio-driven lens. Additional considerations include project life cycles and administrative lessons to improve effective collaboration. The case study is a result of a micro-grant offered by Buddies in Bad Time Theatre during its Pride in Place festival, a response to the pandemic and lockdown measures. The project, Sleep Codes and Coordinate is a multi and interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together theatre, industrial design, and live music.

This presentation address:

  • How does belonging to IBPOC groups inform or limit our creative practice?
  • What strategic actions can IBPOC artists pursue to protect themselves from punitive actions within the creative sector?
  • Processes of monetization when you work in both public funded and private sectors.
  • How to position projects and ground your artistic vision in research and narrative.
  • The importance of organizational policies that support IBPOC artists.
  • Capacity building as disabled artist living on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).
  • Combating shame and stigma through the arts; hybrid activism.
 About the artists:

a photo of a man wearing a brown coat, white shirt and a hat backwards in a pubJulian Morello is an artist specializing in performance through spectatorship and happenings. He uses makeup and costuming to push the boundaries of each narrative performed. As a graduate from CMU College of Makeup Art & Design, Julian uses his skills not only to elevate himself but others who wish to use makeup as a medium for expression and art. Julian is concerned with intersectional narratives that overlap the experience of queer, HIV+, BIPOC; his work spans through the individual and collective narratives shared by these identities, to engage audiences into the livelihoods of these margins of society.

a photo of a man wearing headphones near microphone and musical instrument Sean Morello explores and conveys universal experiences, using allegories as a conceptual frame of work. Print media, installation, mixed media, animation, video, sound and assemblage become intersectional components, rather than individual and separate entities. His choice of media is diverse as the universal experiences he conveys, because the politics of identity which appear thematically in his work are also subjected to various intersections and multiple interpretations. The individual experiences are as important as the whole; the viewer’s unique lived experience often becomes intersected into Sean’s art, and tells an even more personal story to the viewer than the narrative told at face value.

a headshot of a men in black and whiteJuan Saavedra is an interdisciplinary arts researcher operating between the domains of graphic and industrial design, and social policy. His interests included volunteerism, policy innovation, design-activism, and entrepreneurship. He is a recipient of the Mayor’s Community Safety Award (2017) from the City of Toronto for developing innovative arts-based programming. He has presented on topics such as: Co-Design, Death and Dying, World Sustainability, HIV Education, and Social Health. He holds a master’s degree in Design from Carleton University’s School of Industrial Design, specializing in health literacy, service navigation and education.

The full schedule is available here.

Registration:  Tickets: $15 a day or PWYC
Day 1: Tuesday, May 10 via Zoom | 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Day 2: Thursday, May 12 via Zoom | 12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Day 3: Friday, May 13 in-person and live stream via Zoom | 11:00am-5:30 pm
Location: Small World Music Centre
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5
Pleas note we have a limited number of Pay What You Can (PWYC) tickets to enable price accessibility for low income individuals to attend.

Covid protocols: People attending the event in Small World Music Centre need proof of vaccination or negative test within 24 hrs before the event. Masks are recommended in Artscape common areas. No food or drink in common areas and hallway.

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As you know we have been fundraising for both — our last Gathering Divergence in December 2021 and for our upcoming Gathering Divergence in May 2022. Help us showcase more IBPOC artists and arts administrators by contributing today!